Wisconsin: Kagen Has Narrow Lead in New GOP Poll

Posted July 21, 2008 at 6:13pm

Former Wisconsin Speaker John Gard (R) has released a new poll that shows he is within the margin of error in his rematch against Rep. Steve Kagen (D).

The Public Opinion Strategies poll shows Kagen leading Gard, 46 percent to 42 percent, among 400 likely voters surveyed July 8-9. The poll had a margin of error of 4.9 points.

In their 2006 race, Kagen defeated Gard, 51 percent to 49 percent, despite the district traditionally voting for Republicans. Kagen put in a hefty amount of his own funds into the race.

Kagen ended June with $927,000 in his campaign account compared with $649,000 for Gard.

The poll also showed Gard with a high name identification of 88 percent.

In a presidential match up in the district the poll indicated that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is leading Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), 46 percent to 41 percent, with 12 percent undecided.